Obituaries

Dorothy Marx (nee Sullar) passed on April 20, 2008. Dorothy was born July 9, 1922 in Brooklyn and moved to Port Washington, to live there with her parents William and Stella Sullar. Dorothy was an LPN and a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her husband Harry Marx passed on May 18, 2000. Dorothy and Harry Marx resided in Rio Rancho, NM since 1985.

Her sister Helen Poole lives in Port Washington and her brother Bill Sullar and wife Vi live in East Moriches. Her son Bill lives with his wife Barbara in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, daughter Helen Seymour and husband Gregory live in Rio Rancho, NM, and daughter Lorraine Marx-Epstein and husband Danny live in Lynbrook. Her grandchildren Aaron Seymour and Natalie and their children (great-grandchildren) Estella and Roman live in New Mexico, Renate Roberts and son (great-grandchild) Grant live in New Mexico.

Dorothy grew up in Port Washington and graduated from high school there and was married in the Methodist Church where the library stands today. She died at home peacefully at her daughter's home (Helen and Greg) from a long illness of Alzheimer's disease. Dorothy will be interred with her husband in Calverton National Cemetery. No date has been set. Any correspondence please notify Helen Seymour, 1517 34th Circle, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.

Marie Frances O'Brien (nee Cronin), 84, of Port Washington, died on May 18, 2008. Predeceased by her husband John R. O'Brien, she is survived by her loving sons, Dennis and Jere; grandsons, Brendan, Connor, Jim and John; granddaughters, Clare, Eileen and Maeghan; daughters-in-law, Karen and Kathi; and goddaughter Ann McCarthy; and a host of family and friends.

Marie attended St. Francis Xavier Academy and Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn. As a registered nurse for 50 years, she worked at Long Island College Hospital, Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, Sands Point Nursing Home in Port Washington and for private practices in Brooklyn as well.

Marie's care and concern for others was shown not only through her love of nursing but also through her many local volunteer activities including the Juvenile Diabetes Thrift Shop, St. Peter's Thrift Shop, Our Lady of Fatima Outreach, Columbiettes, prayer groups at Our Lady of Fatima and the Long Island College Alumni Association. Most importantly, she was always a good friend, neighbor, mother and grandmother who maintained special relationships with young and old alike.

As a member of the "greatest generation," Marie showed her patriotic support for the armed forces in a very personal way. Her two brothers and husband served in WWII, her two sons were Marine officers and presently, one grandson is a Marine lieutenant.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Our Lady of Fatima Church on May 20. Interment at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. Donations in her memory to Our Lady of Fatima Outreach, 10 Cottonwood Road, Manorhaven, NY 11050, would be greatly appreciated.

Louise Z. Romagna passed away on June 4, 2008 in Annapolis, MD. Born in Galveston, TX in 1918, she graduated from the University of Texas and moved to New York City. A 1940s career woman, she was a buyer for Neiman-Marcus and an executive secretary for Delta Airlines.

Louise married famed yachtsman Victor A. Romagna in 1950 and settled in Port Washington, Vic's hometown. She cherished her role of homemaker and mother, raising three daughters. Active in St. Stephen's Church, she volunteered at North Shore Hospital in the Medical Library and appreciated all the fringe benefits of being involved in the sailing circuit.

They retired to Annapolis in 1981 where she enjoyed entertaining, traveling and their retirement years.

She is survived by her daughters, Lenore Alexander of Annapolis, Lisa Frappaolo of Port Washington and Marion Jones of Catonsville, MD; and grandchildren, Genna and Will Frappaolo, Caroline Jones and Victoria Alexander.

A memorial service is planned at St. Stephen's Church in Port Washington on June 28.

Stella H. Burmeister (nee Hines), 99, of Port Washington, died on June 11, 2008. She was preceased by her husband J. Herbert. Stella is survived by her children, Stephanie Saunders (Frank) and John H. (Diane); three granddaughters; one great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Graveside service June 13 at Nassau Knolls Cemetery. John Vlahos, 73, lifetime resident of Port Washington, died on June 11, 2008. John is survived by his wife Carmela; his children, John (Donna), Lori Bergun (Larry) and Christopher (Elisa); his grandchildren, John, Nick, Mary Beth, Jennifer and Michael; his siblings, Mary, Christopher and Jo Ann; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Pauline. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Cremation followed.

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